Trevor Bayne, driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and part-time driver of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford in the Sprint Cup Series, announced on Tuesday morning that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” Bayne said. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level, and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good. There are currently no symptoms, and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that his plan for me is what is best.”
Bayne has undergone testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared to compete by doctors and NASCAR.
“As for now, I want to close out the season strong this weekend at Homestead and then shift my focus on getting ready to compete for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship in 2014,” Bayne said. “I have a great team, a great family and great people all around me. I have been truly blessed in life, and I look forward to what my future holds.”
Bayne’s career NASCAR stats include three wins, 18 top-fives and 53 top-10 finishes, combined, in Nationwide and Sprint Cup competition. One of those wins was the 2011 Daytona Daytona 500. The other two came in Nationwide Series competition.
This season, Bayne has a win, six top-fives and 20 top-10 finishes in Nationwide Series competition. He is sixth in the series driver points standings with one race remaining, Saturday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He plans to return to the seat of the No. 6 full-time next year.
“We are 100 percent supportive of Trevor and his ability to compete in a a race car,” Roush Fenway Racing owner Jack Roush said. “I have full confidence in Trevor, and his partners have all expressed that same confidence and support. As with all of our drivers, we look forward to standing behind Trevor and providing him with all of the tools he needs as he continues to develop in his young career.”
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